Kathleen Thompson Hill cut classes at the Sorbonne and talked her way into auditing classes at Paris’ Cordon Bleu cooking school. She learned a lot about food and barely squeaked through getting her degree from the Sorbonne by just a couple of points. Her first assignment as a fill-in at San Francisco Magazine was to interview some of the Kingston Trio on what they ate and cooked, and decided “this could be fun.”
Kathleen Hill is Food & Wine Editor of Sonoma Index-Tribune and SONOMA magazine, food & travel correspondent for the Boston Globe, foodcaster on A Million Cooks, an award-winning professor of American government and politics, and author or co-author of 30 books with husband Gerald. The Hills write a series of guidebooks to wine regions of the west coast.
Kathleen spent several days a week for several years with her friend and mentor, the late writer M.F.K. Fisher, who kept encouraging Kathleen to get back to writing and to write about what she knows best.
Kathleen went to Washington, D.C. as an intern at the Peace Corps, became director of its speakers’ bureau, and worked in the White House Oval Office. She served as Executive Director of a United Nations anniversary, chaired two Sonoma city commissions, and served as a national political convention delegate, county grand juror, American record holder in breaststroke, and a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.
She received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; a Diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris; and an M.A. from Sonoma State University, and held a fellowship with the Coro Foundation in San Francisco. A fourth generation Californian, Kathleen is married to Gerald N. Hill, has lived in Sonoma for 35 years, and is mother or stepmother to four fabulous children, all of whom lead exciting and productive lives.